The bare midriff trend hardly seems winter-friendly, but all it takes is just one style-minded lady to lead the way and suddenly, we're rethinking the idea. Case in point: Diane Kruger and the cropped sweater she wore to the Calvin Klein Collection S/S 13 show back in September. For her front-row appearance, the actress selected the White Technical Viscose Long Sleeve Top ($1395), Onyx Plongee Skirt ($2195), and the Onyx Alligator Flared Heel Pumps ($2950, all pieces available via 212.292.9000) from the label's F/W 12 collection.
The combination of the top's long sleeves and the leather skirt's high-waisted fit not only ensures the outfit feels sophisticated, but it also makes it appropriate for cooler temperatures. If you feel inspired to create your own iteration of this appealingly understated look, keep Kruger's streamlined silhouette, neutral color palette, and perfectly proportioned pieces in mind, and use today's Get The Look as your cheat sheet.
French Connection Scandi Knits Cropped Jumper ($128) in Twinkle
A crew neckline gives this thick knit sweater a preppy twist. When you're not working the bare midriff look, wear it over a silky button-up for an effortlessly layered result.
3.1 Phillip Lim Cropped Body Mapped Pullover ($425)
Don't be fooled, this isn't your basic white pullover. Contrast knit panels along the front and sleeves lend this comfy piece some subtle intrigue.
T by Alexander Wang Chunky-Knit Cotton-Blend Sweater ($255)
A chunky turtleneck balances the abbreviated hemline of this wear-with-anything sweater and will add a dose of sophistication to your cold weather outfit.
Style It With/A Cami
If you're not comfortable with the idea of baring your stomach, throw your sweater of choice over J.Crew's nude Silk Cami ($60). The additional layering piece means you can try this look at the office.
Style It With/A Skirt
A leather skirt that hits at your natural waist is key to this look-save the low-rise versions for another outfit. Go for a simple skirt with clean lines, like Vince's Leather Pencil Skirt ($1050) or Tinley Road's Vegan Leather Pencil Skirt ($79) for a more budget-friendly option.
Style It With/Accessories
When working with minimalist silhouettes, your accessories should be simple and sleek too. Pointed-toe heels, like KORS Michael Kors' Aberly Leather Pumps ($250), will give your ensemble a subversively sexy quality, while a structured shoulder bag mimics the streamlined construction of the overall look. Marni's Leather Mini Shoulder Bag ($903) not only fits the bill in terms of shape, but its terracotta hue is perfect for adding a punch of color to your neutral look.--Jessica Baker